If you are a fan of fantasy films and a watcher of Shock Theater, or whatever it is called on your local station, and if you watch the credits that follow the film, you've probably seen the name of Jack Pierce.

Mr. Pierce was make-up artist for Universal Pictures during the hey-day of the now classic horror films. He created the world-famous Frankenstein monster, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and many other famous characters.

Reproductions of Pierce's creations, such as plastic models, masks, dolls, soap, T-shirts, etc., earn millions of dollars in merchandising each year. What has Jack Pierce received for his work, his creations? Only self-gratification.

Out of all the merchandising and promotions, Jack Pierce has received not even a token payment for his efforts. The producers would say, if asked, that Pierce was doing a job he was getting paid for. How easy it is to forget the artist or creative individual who made a product a success.

This, unfortunately, is par in today's business dealings. However, Jack Pierce's energetic fans through out the world, including many in his own profession, such as Roy Ashton of Hammer Films in England, have not forgotten him. It was the work of Jack Pierce that inspired Ashton to make his own career in make-up artistry. Pierce today is long-retired from the bustling film industry. Although he has been bed-ridden for several months now, suffering from arthritis, he consented to an interview with our publication. We asked him few questions, but the ones we felt most of his fans would like to ask, themselves.

MM: Mr. Pierce, we understand that you had created an entirely different make-up for the Frankenstein role, and that Bela Lugosi was slated to wear it.

PIERCE: Lugosi was scheduled to play the monster, but he had too many ideas of his own that didn't coincide with those of the producer, Carl Laemmle. Lugosi thought his' ideas were better than everybody's.

MM: How many of Universal's characters did you create?
PIERCE: I created every one of them from 1931 to 1943.

MM: Out of all these classic characterizations, which one stands out in your mind as your greatest achievement ?

PIERCE: Well, that's hard to say, for I think in answer to your question I'd have to say the original "Mummy".

MM: How long did it take you to apply the finished mummy make-up on Mr.Karloff?
PIERCE: It took me about eight hours to get him ready for the cameras on each day of shooting.

MM: We have another question pertaining to Frankenstein, Mr. Pierce. How long did you work on creating the final make-up?
PIERCE: I worked for four months on Frankenstein, making hundreds of sketches and models.

MM: How many of these did you submit for approval ?
PIERCE: I submitted one, and they accepted it.

MM: We've seen a still from Frankenstein showing Karloff wearing slightly different make-up. He had two fleshy folds on his forehead with what looked like large staples holding them in. Was this a test? PIERCE: That was an idea of the director, James Whale. We later made a compromise.

MM: Did you make life masks or life-sized models for most of your creations? PIERCE: No. I usually made sketches, then small models out of plaster, though on Frankenstein, I did make a life-sized mold.

MM: When did you start in this intriguing field?
PIERCE: I began in 1910, and did a lot of work for independent companies until I started with Universal in 1926.

MM: Mr. Pierce, you've come in personal contact with many personalities in your career. Which actor did you enjoy working with the most? PIERCE: If you mean in the horror pictures, I'd have to say Boris Karloff. He was a gentleman, always on time, and everything an actor should be.

MM: Mr. Pierce, a lot of your fans feel that the "Wolfman"make-up is one of the all time greats. How long did it take to apply on Lon Chaney? PIERCE: That was one of the easier ones. The Wolfman usually took about two and a half hours.

MM: How was Lon Chaney, Jr. to work with? PIERCE: Yes and no. That's about all I can say.

MM: Mr. Pierce, we want to thank you very much for allowing us to have this interview with you. We're sure all your fans would want us to wish you well, and hope you will be feeling better soon.
PIERCE: Thank you very much.